October 28, 2015

Arbortech TURBOShaft - Review


The innovative company Arbortech has once again found a new way to harness the awesome power of the angle grinder. The TURBOShaft is a strange little carving/shaping accessory that offers a high degree of subtlety, which is notable mostly because grinders are generally low on subtly. The TURBOShaft is a small shaft, about the size of a finger, that screws on to the spindle. At the working end of it are two carbide teeth proud of the shaft. When the grinder is activated, the two teeth, now spinning, become a precision carving tool. They sent us one to check out.


It's designed so that the shaft bottoms out quickly, which prohibits straight-up plunge cutting, so to use the accessory, you have to work at a slight angle to the wood, or move it back and forth. Arbortech advises to use a grinder with a side handle installed and the two handed control is definitely needed for any kind of precision (or safety). The two teeth can be rotated in case they get damaged. It's a small tool but a smartly designed one.

As one can imagine, it's good for all kids of carving and shaping. I've been using it to make little boats for my son to float down our brook. I'm a pretty inexperienced carver but someone with more talent or experience could really go bananas with it.

I've long held the opinion that the angle grinder is the most versatile tool in the shop or on the jobsite and it's great how Arbortch continues to press the issue. The TURBOShaft is a great little carving accessory. It's also over $100, so it's not going to be for everyone. But if it is in your wheelhouse, you'll likely enjoy owning and using it.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 28, 2015 11:05 AM
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yes, yes, yes. Thanks, I'd blame it on autocorrect, but it really had nothing to do with that...

Posted by: toolsnob at November 6, 2015 8:45 AM

Nice article. I think you meant "subtlety", however.

Posted by: SteveR at November 6, 2015 2:24 AM
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